There are iconic faces, and there are iconic names, and very often, the two coincide.
Sometimes, though, they don’t – like these 15 examples below of people you definitely have heard of, but may have never seen.
#15. Gianni Versace
His mother was a seamstress, and the years of practice must have paid off, because his very first boutique became an international sensation in 1978. His celeb friends include Elton John, Cher, Sting, and Tupac.
#14. Christian Louboutin
Christian Louboutin always loved making shoes and started out doing just that for Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, and Maud Frizon. He created his own brand before he was 30.
#13. Dolce & Gabbana
The two met in 1980 and are known for their sexy style, often inspired by the women of Sicily. They’re partners both in business and romantically.
#12. Manolo Blahnik
He started writing a column in Vogue at the age of 28 and a year later, opened his own footwear boutique – and was made famous by Sex and the City.
#11. Tommy Hilfiger
Hilfiger started his first clothing store at just 20 years old and was out of business by his 25th birthday. He didn’t give up, moving to NYC and working for several different brands before taking another shot at his own brand at 28.
#10. Giorgio Armani
In 2001, Armani was proclaimed the most successful Italian designer ever. He’s also the first designer to ban models with a BMI under 18 in an attempt to keep them at healthy weights.
#9. Miuccia Prada
Miuccia took over the family fashion business in 1978 and is known as one of the best dressed women in the world.
#8. Calvin Klein
His name is synonymous with fashion, and he’s credited with taking underwear fashion to a whole new level.
#7. Alexander Wang
An American designer known for sleek, urban designs, he has a steadily growing fanbase that includes several influential celebrities.
#6. Vera Wang
Wang graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and was the youngest editor on staff at Vogue soon afterward. It wasn’t until she turned 40 that she became an independent bridal wear designer.
#5. Marc Jacobs
NYC native Marc Jacobs attended the High School of Art and Design and the Parsons School of Design and is the head designer of his own fashion label.
#4. Tom Ford
He’s an American fashion designer, film director, screenwriter, and film producer and an icon of all things glam – he launched his line back in 2006.
#3. Donna Karan
The owner of Donna Karan and DKNY, the NYC native insists she would only create clothes she would want to wear herself.
#2. Vivienne Westwood
She’s inspired by shock value and punk and always speaks her mind – her merchandise is linked to her many political causes, like climate change and civil rights.
#1. Stella McCartney
She may the daughter of Beatle Paul McCartney, but she’s a success in her own right – she designed her first jacket at the age of 13 and is known for her feminine, soft brand and her animal rights activism.
Were you surprised? I kind of was!
Which one of these people were you genuinely surprised by?
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